Jeff Bezos space flight: watch live video launch of Blue Origin rocket with Amazon boss and Wally Funk on board

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82-year-old Wally Funk and student Oliver Daemen joined Bezos on the flight

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is set to head into space on a short flight that will see him leave Earth and then fall back down again.

The former chief executive will fly in a spacecraft made by his private rocket company, Blue Origin, alongside three other passengers.

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He will be accompanied by his brother Mark, space and aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen, who paid $28 million for his ticket after the winner of an auction said they were too busy.

The space trip will be streamed online. Here’s all you need to know about Jeff Bezos Blue Origin space flight.

How to watch Jeff Bezos space flight?

The live stream is available to watch on the Blue Origin website, and on YouTube.

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Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

What time is the Blue Origin rocket launch?

The live stream for the space flight begins at 12:30pm in the UK on 20 July.

The launch is scheduled for 2pm in the UK.

The flight is expected to take about 11 minutes, with the crew having approximately 4 minutes of zero gravity time in space before their descent begins.

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Who is flying with Jeff Bezos?

Jeff Bezos will be accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos. Mark is the head of communications at a charity, a volunteer firefighter, and one of the co-founders of private equity company High Capital.

82-year-old Wally Funk is also part of the crew. Ms Funk was one of the Mercury 13, who completed the same training programme as the early Nasa astronauts and almost went to space. She was personally invited by Bezos, meaning she didn’t have to pay for her ticket. She will become the oldest person in space after the flight is completed. The record is currently held by John Glenn.

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Finally, student Oliver Daemen will be along for the ride. his seat opened up when the winner of the open auction said they were too busy to go on the flight. His financier father had been the second in line, and so the ticket was passed on to him, who passed it on to Oliver. Because he paid for the ticket, he is one of the first ever people to pay for a ticket to board a spacecraft.

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